Walsh forced the child to have sex in the parochial house, a court heard during the three-day trial
A paedophile priest faces two years in prison for raping a boy with a crucifix, a court has heard.
The 62-year-old predator Tony Walsh committed the offence and two other attacks on the same victim.
However because the offences were committed before the Criminal Law (Rape) Amendment Act came into effect in 1990, the maximum penalty the judge can impose on each offence is two years.
He was charged with indecent assault as that was the crime which existed at the time, the Irish Mirror reports.
Walsh forced the child to have sex in the parochial house and in the Phoenix Park.
During a three-day trial the shamed cleric, formerly of North Circular Road, Dublin, told the jury last month he never knew the boy and never assaulted him.
He had denied five counts of indecently assaulting the boy between January 1980 and December 1982 when the boy was aged between 10 and 13.
The jury at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court returned verdicts of guilty on all counts.
In court yesterday Garda Tara Corrigan told prosecutor Fiona McGowan that Walsh has 17 previous convictions, from 1995 to 2015, for sexually assaulting boys and one girl.
He is serving time and is not due for release until 2021.
Before Judge Elma Sheahan adjourned the case defence counsel Ciaran O’Loughlin said as the victim had made a statement to gardai in April 2011, it could have been dealt with at the same time as Walsh’s most recent case last year.
He suggested to Judge Sheahan there was likelihood the judge would have imposed a concurrent term.
During the trial Walsh, who had performed as an Elvis impersonator, told the jury his child sex abuse started in 1980 and continued to 1986.
He said a number of the children told their families what was happening and he was called in by the Archbishop in 1986.
Walsh added he was sent for six months treatment in the UK and on his return home he was made a hospital chaplain.
He said he first came to garda attention in 1995. In 1997 he admitted to offences involving five boys in the period 1980 to 1986. Asked why he admitted it, Walsh replied “Because I was guilty”.
He was sent to prison for 10 years, reduced to six on appeal. He was released in 2002.
In 2010 the pervert pleaded guilty in two further cases and not guilty in one case but was convicted.